Next Meetup

🌕 Blue Moon Potluck on Temescal Lookout
Our first full moon hike of the year is a Blue Moon and that means a party at Temescal Lookout! Bring snacks and adult beverage to share. Woohoo 🌝 Our route begins on Trailer Canyon fire road providing broad views over Santa Ynez Canyon and the surrounding mountains. But like nature and vacuums, we abhor fire roads. Thus, shortly after the hike begins we will leave the fireroad and take a small, slightly overgrown use trail that passes a clay gully and crosses a lush ridge up to the Temescal Ridge trail. We'll return along the fire road making a loop in the canyon. Along the way don't forget to check out an old quarry marked by a single out of place palm tree juxtaposed against the indigenous chaparral. We'll soon meet up with Temescal Ridge trail and head over to Temescal Lookout We'll find some comfy spots among the ruins of an old ranger station/fire lookout. Our destination awaits us! Hike is a moderate to strenuous 5 miles and 1,000 feet elevation gain. This is a potluck, bring snacks and booze to share 🌄 Sunset 7:14 PM Moonrise: 7:41 PM No white lights. Green and red lights ok. Directions: From Sunset Boulevard, half a mile east of PCH, head north on Palisades Drive. After 2.4 miles. Turn left onto Vereda de la Montura, (the same turnoff for the trailhead for hikes in Santa Ynez Canyon to Santa Ynez Falls and Eagle Rock) and make an immediate right on Michael Lane. Drive half a mile to the trailhead, which will be on the left (look for what looks like a private driveway). There is street parking available on Michael Lane.

Trailer Canyon Fire Road

1803 Michael Lane · Pacific Palisades, CA

Upcoming Meetups

Past Meetups (730)

What we're about

Public Group

Welcome to Hiking With Dean, the largest and most popular hiking group in the country and 2nd largest in the world (after Hong Kong Hiking Meetup)*

We meet regularly on the weekends for hikes mostly in and around the Santa Monica Mountains, between Pt Mugu to the west and Will Rogers State Park to the east. The Santa Susanas are another range we play in. Our group is known for doing these hikes a little differently than the hiking books describe them. So if you are tired of the same old hikes check out our versions!

I also provide hike reports so that you can review your adventures when you get home.

Once a month or so we'll leave our comfort zone and explore the trails of Orange County and Palos Verdes. During the Spring and Summer months I'll be leading evening and full moon hikes during the week (byob!).

Beginners are welcome to join the group and attend our easy and beginner hikes.

As a HWD member you are eligible to join our VIP Hiking Club ( For just $1.00 per month you can enjoy many benefits not available in other groups, for example, breakfast at the trail head, free prizes and other goodies, hiking secret and forbidden trails, no waiting lists, etc. Sounds better than the usual "please donate" doesn't it? For more information please visit the VIP web site (


• Don't be a flake by signing up and not showing up

• No dogs unless indicated in hike description (our special dog-friendly hikes)

The following is not a rule, but if you want to avoid being a victim of sarcastic remarks do not ask how long a hike is going to take. Hint: An eight mile hike takes about twice as long as a four mile hike.

*HWD has the largest membership per capita leader

Please, no dogs unless otherwise indicated in hike description.

Proud Member of:

Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council
California State Parks Foundation
The Mountains Restoration Trust
Montecito Trails Foundation
Conejo Open Space Foundation

Read about What's On The ( Home Page? (

By joining you agree to the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver (

A Few Testimonials

Dean is a wonderful leader. He really paid attention to the needs of the group. He facilitated the group, but didn't control the group. I will attend again -- Kimmy

If Dean [one of the original SoCal Meetup-ers mind you] would ever write a book on hiking SoCal [as he rightfully should] it would be a must-buy. Dean is both knowledgeable and adventurous. Conscientious and kind. I would have no problem hiking with Dean anywhere. - Les

Dean is a great hike leader. He knows the trails. — Lydia

The group leader Dean is very conscious of all of us hikers as a group. We all get to trek at our own pace comfortably and still stay together.He's got an agenda planned with an extra twist on where we are going to hike. — elyse

Dean is an excellent group leader who knows the trails very well. He is always looking out for the welfare of his hikers. The group attracts some of the most pleasant people you can hope to meet. — Bruce

What can I say? This group ROCKS!!! Some of the friendliest people I have met and the Organizer, Dean is a sweetheart! - Sara

Dean has organized the best group of hikers who like to hike and have fun. — Blake

Dean is extremely knowledgeable and serves up a seemingly endless array of hikes. A very pleasant and down-to-earth group of people who are easy to get to know ... and like — Drew

Dean is a strong hike leader with a friendly and outgoing group of people who know how to have fun while hiking - Laura

Sponsored by Collabora Hosting ( (

Members (8,123)

Photos (35,873)